The earth in her hands 75 extraordinary women working in the world of plants

Jennifer Jewell

Book - 2020

The Earth in Her Hands celebrates the important contributions women make to the wide world of plants--in the fields of horticulture, environmental science, botany, floral design, farming, landscape architecture, herbalism, food justice, and more.

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Published
Portland, Oregon : Timber Press 2020.
Language
English
Item Description
Includes index.
Physical Description
323 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
ISBN
9781604699029
1604699027
Main Author
Jennifer Jewell (author)
  • Leslie Bennett
  • Erin Benzakein
  • Eliza Blank
  • Jinny Blom
  • Carol Bornstein
  • Marion Brenner
  • Cynthia (Cindy) Ann Brown
  • Yolanda Burrell
  • Ava Bynum
  • Ariella Chezar
  • Marina Christopher
  • Peggy Cornett
  • Philippa Craddock
  • Karen Daubmann
  • Andrea DeLong-Amaya
  • Sasha Duerr
  • Fionnuala Fallon
  • Severine von Tscharner Fleming
  • Lorene Edwards Forkner
  • Alys Fowler
  • Tiffany Freeman
  • Kate Frey
  • Christin Geall
  • Flora Grubb
  • Annie Hayes
  • Elizabeth Hoover
  • Elaine Ingham
  • Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Jamaica Kincaid
  • Lauri Kranz
  • Barbara Kreski
  • Mia Lehrer
  • Lady Arabella Lennox-Boyd
  • Cara Loriz
  • Clare Cooper Marcus
  • Mary Pat Matheson
  • Marta McDowell
  • Jekka McVicar
  • Amy Merrick
  • Julie Moir Messervy
  • Julie Kierstead Nelson
  • Ngoc Minh Ngo
  • Frances Palmer
  • Anna Pavord
  • Susan Pell
  • Leah Penniman
  • Hemlata Pradhan
  • Sarah Price
  • Milla Veera Tuulia Prince
  • Debra Prinzing
  • Sarah Raven
  • Georgina Reid
  • Margaret Roach
  • Martha Schwartz
  • Jane Scotter
  • Renee Shepherd
  • Midori Shintani
  • Vandana Shiva
  • Michelle Slatalla
  • Janet Sluis
  • Lauren Springer
  • Gwen Stauffer
  • Amy Stewart
  • Claire Takacs
  • Tessa Traeger
  • Beth Tuttle
  • Mégan Twilegar
  • Edwina von Gal
  • Ira Wallace
  • Françoise Weeks
  • Claudia West
  • Rowen White
  • Kristen Wickert
  • Sue Wynn-Jones
  • Ayana Young.
Review by Booklist Reviews

Public-radio host and garden writer Jewell celebrates women in horticulture through 75 profiles of individuals she feels promote "a feminine principle" in plant work. Each profile provides the individual's role and a tale of how she got into and has impacted the field. Appended to each is a short list of women who are not included in this book but have done or are doing similar work. While all engage with plants, their efforts take a variety of forms, with job titles including garden designer, entrepreneur, horticulturist, writer, environmental scientist, activist, photographer, farmer, and more. The plant workers featured here are certainly a who's who of those currently excelling in the field, including standouts such as Elizabeth Hoover, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Jamaica Kincaid, and Claire Takacs. While Jewell acknowledges that in mainstream culture the visible faces of horticulture have predominantly been white and strives to decolonize that representation, they are still the majority featured here. Despite that shortcoming, many readers will find this an informative and celebratory resource, making it a recommended purchase. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Drawing on her work as a radio host (Cultivating Place) and podcaster exploring the relationship between people and plants, Jewell here profiles a variety of women with positions in plant gene science and botany, those who direct botanical gardens and horticultural alliances, who practice traditional herbalism and foodways, and are florists or garden designers. The book specifically aims to broaden the picture of women in the world of plants by featuring women of color and individuals from Asia and Latin America. Lavish illustrations and inspirational quotes from the subjects further enhance the text. VERDICT Young women looking for ideas for a career in agriculture or horticulture are offered a number of paths to explore in this title. Those with a passion for plants who wish to see the many faces of women influencing the field will also enjoy.—Margaret Heller, Loyola Univ. Chicago Libs. Copyright 2020 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Jewell, host of the radio program and podcast Cultivating Place, offers a fine collection of profiles of women involved with horticulture. Though gardeners predominate, Jewell's subjects also include newspaper columnists, photographers, educators, floral designers, farmers, and entrepreneurs, all of whom have a passion for sharing their love of the natural world. Some, such as Carol Bornstein, director of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County's garden program, work to preserve rare plant species. Many talk specifically about environmental issues, as when designer and flower farmer Ariella Chezar discusses minimizing "the often toxic (to people and land) growing practices" of her industry. Others approach gardening as a tool for social justice. For instance, landscape designer Leslie Bennett works to create, in Jewell's words, "garden spaces that center on people of color" and provide welcoming spaces to them. Beth Tuttle, president of the American Horticultural Society, sums up the book's ethos best when she says "We are, and need to continue, moving our cultural understanding of gardening and our relationship to plants from nice to necessary." Jewell provides generous lists of additional resources and beautiful photos of each woman and her work. This volume should be inspirational to anyone working with plants. (Mar.) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

“An empowering and expertly curated look at the horticultural world.” —Gardens Illustrated In this beautiful and empowering book, Jennifer Jewell introduces 75 inspiring women. Working in wide-reaching fields that include botany, floral design, landscape architecture, farming, herbalism, and food justice, these influencers are creating change from the ground up. Profiled women include flower farmer Erin Benzakein; codirector of Soul Fire Farm Leah Penniman; plantswoman Flora Grubb; edible and cultural landscape designer Leslie Bennett; Caribbean-American writer and gardener Jamaica Kincaid; soil scientist Elaine Ingham; landscape designer Ariella Chezar; floral designer Amy Merrick, and many more. Rich with personal stories and insights, Jewell’s portraits reveal a devotion that transcends age, locale, and background, reminding us of the profound role of green growing things in our world—and our lives.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The Earth in Her Hands celebrates the important contributions women make to the wide world of plants'in the fields of horticulture, environmental science, botany, floral design, farming, landscape architecture, herbalism, food justice, and more.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

The Earth in Her Hands celebrates the important contributions women make to the wide world of plants—in the fields of horticulture, environmental science, botany, floral design, farming, landscape architecture, herbalism, food justice, and more.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

'An informative and celebratory resource.' 'Booklist  In this beautiful and empowering book, Jennifer Jewell'host of public radio's award-winning program and podcast Cultivating Place'introduces 75 inspiring women. Working in wide-reaching fields that include botany, floral design, landscape architecture, farming, herbalism, and food justice, these influencers are creating change from the ground up. Profiled women include flower farmer Erin Benzakein; codirector of Soul Fire Farm Leah Penniman; plantswoman Flora Grubb; edible and cultural landscape designer Leslie Bennett; Caribbean-American writer and gardener Jamaica Kincaid; soil scientist Elaine Ingham; landscape designer Ariella Chezar; floral designer Amy Merrick, and many more. Rich with personal stories and insights, Jewell's portraits reveal a devotion that transcends age, locale, and background, reminding us of the profound role of green growing things in our world'and our lives.